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THE STEAMPUNK
HULLOWEEN
FESTIVAL

20-22 OCTOBER 2023

PARADE UPDATE

Please note that the Parades on Saturday and Sunday will be starting at the originally punblicised locations - Paragon Square on Saturday and Zebedee's Yard on Sunday. Apologies for any confusion arising from yesterday's announcement that we were planning to change the starting point. 



STORM BABET - WEATHER UPDATE

The information below has now been updated to reflect the new location for the daytime features at Hulloween-II.

From Friday morning 20 October the MoS will all be in Hull setting up for the event and beyond that time, further updates will most likely come via our Facebook page Welcome to the Asylum which you can find here

Having to completely re-schedule the daytime programme has not been a minor task, but (to misquote Eric Morecambe) we will be doing our best to run all of the right features in as close as we can get to the right order.

Please forgive any formatting glitches; we are re-writing the schedule under considerable time pressure!

Below you will find the programme for the Hulloween Festival as a summary timetable (which you can also download as a PDF). Keep scrolling down to find a more detailed description of each feature.  There may still be some slight changes to timings, so be sure to check back on this page before the event.

We can't wait to meet up with our friends again in the fabulous City of Hull to celebrate Hulloween II - the extra weekend of Steampunk Halloween fun that you've always wanted!

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Friday Evening 20 October

On Friday evening we have two offerings to tempt your spookier side...

NOSFERATU: A SYMPHONY OF HORROr

Between 7PM and 9PM on Friday evening we will be showing NOSFERATU the silent horror film in the Trintiy Market. The film will be accompanied by a live piano and vocal performance by Xander Armstrong and friends. You can find out all about it by following the link below.

 

There will be a bar and food vendors open. 

GHOST WALK WITH MIKE COVELL

Between 8PM and 9:30PM you can join local historian, author and expert on all things spooky Mike Covell on a walking tour of Hull’s ghostly myths and legends.

 

The walk will starts at the Andrew Marvell Statue outside the Hands on History museum in Trinity Square at 8PM, returning to the same spot at 9.30PM. Numbers are strictly limited, so advance booking is essential. The cost is £5 per head. To book your place on the tour, send an email to amazinghulltours@hotmail.com quoting reference ‘Steampunk’. Ages 20+ only.

Saturday Daytime 21 October

Steampunk activities will include a Halloween Parade (& Zombie Shamble) from Paragon Square to Trinty Square, Steampunk markets in the Minster and Trinity Square, displays and features in Hepworth Arcade, Teapot Racing, music in the Minster and Trinity Arcade, Steampunk talks, the Old Curiosity Swap and more. Further details below (all locations and timings at this stage are subject to change) 

the hulloween parade (and zombie shuffle)

The Zombie Shuffle will be dependent on weather.

 

If the weather is suitable we will set off from Carr Lane outside Primark at 10:15 on Saturday morning and take a circular shuffle arriving back at Princes Quay. 

Whether you are alive or dead, or somewhere in between, this is your chance to join us in your finest (?!) Halloween-themed costume or outfit as we take a leisurely Hulloween 'shamble' along the streets of Hull.

 

Meet up with other zombies, steampunks in their finery (a few of whom will likely be vampires or vampire-hunters in disguise), undead creatures, ghosts, vampires, clowns, witches, black cats, Wednesday Addams, walking cobwebs and any number of other Hulloweeny characters.

At the end of the parade, medals will be awarded to the best-dressed Adult the best-dressed Child and the best-dressed family (or other) group. So it's time to get your thinking hats on and decide what you are going to wear.

hulloween markets

On Saturday from 10AM to 4PM in the Event Spaces at Princes Quay there will a mixture of Steampunk and other Traders vying for your attention and your pennies. If you already have a Steampunk outfit this will be the perfect time to find that little something extra to make it even more special - or if you are just about to dip your toe into the water of Steampunk Fabulousness this will be an ideal time to make your first purchases - with plenty of amazing costumes to take inspiration from and lots of friendly traders to offer you their finest impartial advice! 

teapot racing

Few Steampuink pastimes make more sense than Hulloween teapot racing. It's another high-adrenaline sport which combines that quintessentially Steampunk vessel from which one of our favourite beverages is served with the thrill of a race.

 

Come along and see how the sport works and why it has been attracting such a following. You are welcome to bring your own racing teapot along if you have one, but if not there are likely to be one or two teapots that can be driven by visitors who have arrived 'unarmed' (as it were).

 

Specially for the occasion there will be a spooky twist to the racing course. There will be a medal for the fastest time and possibly also for the slowest. 

 

This will take place in the central area of Quayside/Level 1 in Princes Quay on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 11AM.

tower tours

Do you have a head for heights and legs designed for stairs?

 

Tours of the Minster Tower are available on Saturday at 11AM and 2PM and on Sunday at 2PM.

 

Click the button below to find out more information and book a place.   

RISEN FROM THE NORTH

Lost on the moors, and writhing free of the waterways, best selling fiction can be found right here. Explore new stories found in the wilderness, and hear from those brave enough to shape them.

 

We've gathered Northern authors Craig Hallam, Emma Whitehall, Keith W Dickinson and Carl F Northwood to share their work.

 

Come, pick their brains before they become mush!

This feature will take place in the talks room on Quayside/Level 1 at Princes Quay at 1PM on Saturday. 

STEAMPUNK CELLULOID JUNKIE

The Steampunk Celluloid Junkie will be bringing his characterised style of digital art to the Hulloween Steampunk Weekend.

The central screen in the Quayside/Level 1 at Princes Quay will host a live gallery of Steampunk pictures on the big screen and the Steampunk Celluloid Junkie will have a portrait shooting gallery and laboratory set up next to it, so that everyone can be part of the Steampunk Exhibition.

All Steampunks are welcome to have their portraits characterised and for those who don’t own Steampunk paraphernalia, there will be some props and costumes available so that anyone can take part.

Just turn up and let us know you want to be part of this exciting new feature for Hulloween 2023 - the Steampunk Celluloid Junkie’s Gallery of Hulloween Characters.

The pictures will also appear on the @steampunkcelluloidjunkie Facebook page.

the old curiosity swap

The Old Curiosity Swap is an opportunity for participants to swap items with each other, such as trinkets, badges, patches or whatever else they wish to bring along. The principal rule is that no money must exchange hands - this is purely for swapping items.

 

You are of course free to take part in the trading of treasures at any time over the weekend, but we suggest a meet-up for interested participants between 1PM and 2PM in the central area on Quayside/Level 1 at Princes Quay on Saturday. 

Now where did I put that collection of badges and brooches I wanted to swap...

ullalele

Ullalele is a progressive ukulele rock quartet, purveyors of the finest Steamplunk since the last years of the nineteenth century. Their music is inspired by early historical scientific romance, science and magic. They  blend lyricism with great harmonies, and maybe darkly humorous but are always highly entertaining.

Think Horrible Histories, only more highbrow.

Ullalele will be playing in the central area of Quayside/Level 1 at Princes Quay at 1PM on Saturday. 

steampunk in hull and east yorkshire

Come and meet Howard Callaway and friends from the Hull Wilberforcian Steampunks at 12 noon on Saturday in the talks room at Quayside/Level 1 at Princes Quay o discover all you need to know about the Steampunk Scene in Hull and further afield. 

This will be an opportunity to find out what makes local Steampunks 'tick'. There will be ample time to ask questions about how you can become involved.

But be warned; Steampunk is a very addictive scene!

DEFENSIVE COUTURE AND COMBATIVE COATTAILS

OR WHY ZOMBIES LOVE THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS

A lively examination of how fatally flawed one’s splendid attire can be. 

Does your corset have strings attached? Are unwanted werewolves chewing on your tailcoat? Splendid gowns and fine garments can turn unwanted heads, but a well pressed collar could change that. Brave volunteers could discover how to protect more than their neck. Take advice from our seasoned hunters on how to apply ingenious creative flair to your wardrobe.

 

Guided by Shellie Horst, guests Emma Whitehall, Carl F Northwood, and Craig Hallam, (2PM Saturday) Keith W Dickinson (11AM Sunday) will invite guests to explore the perils of dressing to impress – without dropping a stitch. 

This feature will take place both days in the talks room at Quayside/Level 1 at Princes Quay .

the illicit market

Nobody really knows whether the illicit market takes place. If it ever does, it might be going to take place on Sunday at Hulloween. It could possibly take place in the central area at Quayside/Level 1 at Princes Quay at about 3PM on Saturday.

But you didn't read that here, did you?

The Illicit Market is an opportunity for (cough) very small traders to (cough) come along for a very short while to (cough) operate beneath the radar of the 'authorities' (cough) for a spot of barter and purchase. Unlike the Old Curiosity Swop, money is allowed to change hands at the Illicit Market, or else it would if it ever happened.

Which obviously it doesn't.

You could find out more about the illicit market on the Ministry of Steampunk website if you were so inclined. But you probably aren't, because it never happens anyway 

STEAMPUNK 101

Come and join the Ministry of Steampunk to find out everything you need to know about Steampunk.

 

Where did it come from? Is it about literature, or costuming? Is there Steampunk music? Do Steampunks have normal lives outside of Steampunk?

 

How do you get involved? Do you have to wear particular items of clothing to be a Steampunk?

 

What's the only 'golden rule?' 

Come and find out the answers to all these questions and more in the central area at Quayside/Level 1 at Princes Quay at 2PM on Saturday and at 12 noon on Sunday.

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GLUNDA THE VEG WITCH

STEAMPUNK AUTHOR K W DICKINSON DELIVERS A HEROIC HOTPOT OF A BOOK LAUNCH

 

“A witch’s boots told the story of her life. They showed you where she’d been, where she was going, and what kind of a witch she would be when she got there. And, most importantly, they were proof that said witch was not someone to be trifled with.

 

She was to be listened to, and obeyed, and yes sometimes even feared, because her wisdom was hard earned and her wrath swift and mighty.

 

They would have to be, for her to have lived in such boots for so many a year. No one trusted a witch in brand new boots, and rightly so as far as Glunda was concerned.”

Come along and find out more about Glunda at 3PM on Saturday and 12 noon on Sunday in the talks room at Quayside/Level 1 at Princes Quay

the origins of halloween

At 4PM on Saturday there will be a special service in the Minster dedicated to the Origins of Halloween. 

Why not come along and find out where it all started?

You might just be surprised...

saturday Evening 21 October - the immortal ball

Saturday evening we will be holding the Immortal Ball - the centrepiece of the Hulloween Fesitval.

 

The Immortal Ball takes place in the sumptuous surroundings of the Guildhall and this year will combine exquisite catering (courtesy of Mrs Lovett and Sweeney Todd) followed by an opportunity to dance to the fabulous Retrobates.

It promises to be the finest Halloween evening event of the season and we can't wait to see you all there.

 

The ball is so special it has it very own page here

sunday daytime 22 october

On Sunday at the Hulloween Steampunk Festival there will be a Steampunk Market, performances by Ravens Morris , Teapot Racing and Tea Duelling , talks and displays , an Illicit Market and to round it all off a Grand Steampunk Parade. And if Mr Sweeney Todd survives the Immortal Ball, we might just be hosting a Facial Hair Competition, so don't forget to keep your facial hair in perfect order for the next few weeks...

STEAMPUNK EXHIBITION

Imagine what a shock you would get if you came across an earnest gentleman such as the one you see here inviting you to peruse an array of weird and wonderful artefacts with a spooky, curious and even evil 'something' about them.

 

And what if said gentlemen and his shop of weird curiosities could be found in the central area at Quayside/Level 1 at Princes Quay on Sunday?

 

Well that would be something, wouldn't it? 

ravens morris

Ravens Morris are the original Steampunk Border Morris dancers with a Street Theatre attitude. 

You wont find hankies or bells but you WILL find big sticks, cogs, drums and a fair bit of silliness!

Ravens Morris will be performing several times on Sunday in the central area at Quayside/Level 1 at Princes Quay

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tower tours

Do you have a head for heights and legs designed for stairs?

 

Tours of the Minster Tower are available on Saturday at 11AM and 2PM and on Sunday at 2PM.

 

Click the button below to find out more information and book a place.   

STEAMPUNK CELLULOID JUNKIE

The Steampunk Celluloid Junkie will be bringing his characterised style of digital art to the Hulloween Steampunk Weekend.

The central area at Quayside/Level 1 at Princes Quay will host a live gallery of Steampunk pictures on the big screen and the Steampunk Celluloid Junkie will have a portrait shooting gallery and laboratory set up next to it, so that everyone can be part of the Steampunk Exhibition.

All Steampunks are welcome to have their portraits characterised and for those who don’t own Steampunk paraphernalia, there will be some props and costumes available so that anyone can take part.

Just turn up and let us know you want to be part of this exciting new feature for Hulloween 2023 - the Steampunk Celluloid Junkie’s Gallery of Hulloween Characters.

The pictures will also appear on the @steampunkcelluloidjunkie Facebook page.

teapot racing

Few Steampuink pastimes make more sense than Hulloween teapot racing. It's another high-adrenaline sport which combines that quintessentially Steampunk vessel from which one of our favourite beverages is served with the thrill of a race.

 

Come along and see how the sport works and why it has been attracting such a following. You are welcome to bring your own racing teapot along if you have one, but if not there are likely to be one or two teapots that can be driven by visitors who have arrived 'unarmed' (as it were).

Specially for the occasion there will be a spooky twist to the racing course. There will be a medal for the fastest time and possibly also for the slowest. 

This will take place in the he central area at Quayside/Level 1 at Princes Quay at 11AM on both Saturday and Sunday.

DEFENSIVE COUTURE AND COMBATIVE COATTAILS

OR WHY ZOMBIES LOVE THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS

A lively examination of how fatally flawed one’s splendid attire can be. 

Does your corset have strings attached? Are unwanted werewolves chewing on your tailcoat? Splendid gowns and fine garments can turn unwanted heads, but a well pressed collar could change that. Brave volunteers could discover how to protect more than their neck. Take advice from our seasoned hunters on how to apply ingenious creative flair to your wardrobe.

 

Guided by Shellie Horst, guests Emma Whitehall, Carl F Northwood, and Craig Hallam, (2PM Saturday) Keith W Dickinson (11AM Sunday) will invite guests to explore the perils of dressing to impress – without dropping a stitch. 

This feature will take place both days in the talks room at Quayside/Level 1 at Princes QuayArcade.

STEAMPUNK 101

Come and join the Ministry of Steampunk to find out everything you need to know about Steampunk.

 

Where did it come from? Is it about literature, or costuming? Is there Steampunk music? Do Steampunks have normal lives outside of Steampunk?

 

How do you get involved? Do you have to wear particular items of clothing to be a Steampunk?

 

What's the only 'golden rule?' 

Come and find out the answers to all these questions and more in the central area at Quayside/Level 1 at Princes Quay at 2PM on Saturday and 12 noon on Sunday.

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GLUNDA THE VEG WITCH

Book Launch Steampunk author, K W Dickinson delivers a heroic hotpot of a book launch.

 

“A witch’s boots told the story of her life. They showed you where she’d been, where she was going, and what kind of a witch she would be when she got there. And, most importantly, they were proof that said witch was not someone to be trifled with.

 

She was to be listened to, and obeyed, and yes sometimes even feared, because her wisdom was hard earned and her wrath swift and mighty.

 

They would have to be, for her to have lived in such boots for so many a year. No one trusted a witch in brand new boots, and rightly so as far as Glunda was concerned.”

Come along and find out more about Glunda at 3PM on Saturday and 12 noon on Sunday in the talks room at Quayside/Level 1 at Princes Quay

ethereal voices

HumberSFF does Hulloween!

Are you the next Mary Shelley, Cherie Priest, or William Gibson? Join The Extra-Ordinary League of Literary Luminarti and share your work! 

Bring us your paranormal, your gothic, and horror*. Spaceships, dragons, vampires, and werewolves.

Bonus points for airships over run by dragons being chased by vampires, in space!

This event will take place in the he talks room at Quayside/Level 1 at Princes QuayMinster at 1PM on Sunday

If you would like to listen, just come along.

 

If you would like to read at the Open Mic, please reserve a place to have your ten minutes of fame using the link below.

 

* Must be suitable for under 13 due to day time audience.

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TEA DUELLING

Do you have nerves of steel? Do you have what it takes to resist eating your dunked biscuit until the very last moment before it collapses in a mess?

 

If the answer it yes then you might be in with a chance to be crowned the Hulloween II champion in this most Steampunk of extreme sports.

 

The winner will automatically be entered into the World (yes World!!) championship at The Asylum Steampunk Fesival in Lincoln in August 2024 and will also go home with a Ministry of Steampunk medal. 

Come and see Tea Duelling in the central area at Quayside/Level 1 at Princes Quay at 1PM on Sunday and maybe try your hand...

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steampunk iSN'T JUST FOR HULLOWEEN!

Howard Callaway and friends from the Hull Wilberforcian Steampunks will be delighted to tell you about the year-round Steampunk scene in Hull and East Yorkshire. You can meet them in the central area at Quayside/Level 1 at Princes Quayepworth Arcade at 2PM on Sunday.

 

Maybe you have just discovered Steampunk through the Hulloween Steampunk Festival and would like to find out more what happens during the rest of the year?

They are a friendly bunch, so why not come and find out how to introduce some Steampunk into your lives between the Hulloween festivals?

WRITING YOUR WORLD

Join our brave adventure-authors and explore the derring-do involved in taking steampunk novels (and other forms) to the world, and how not to be eaten alive in the process. Even our audience will have a part this our quest.

Moderated by Shellie Horst, with guests Emma Whitehall, Carl F Northwood, and Keith W Dickinson 

This feature will take place at 2PM in the talks room at Quayside/Level 1 at Princes Quay on Sunday.

the steampunk grand promenade

This feature will be weather dependent.

 

The Grand Parade will be the perfect opportunity to show off your Steampunk Hulloween Finery as we parade in an approximately circular route, starting and ending in the central area at Quayside/Level 1 at Princes Quay

At the end of the parade there will be medals awarded for the best Adult and Child costumes.

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bibliomancy 101

Graverobbing, map hunting, and weapon development… this is not your average quest.

 

Bring your imagination and join the most creative minds the north could spare to assemble a tale so impeccably gripping, even the walking dead will be unable to resist its pull.

Meet Shellie in the talks room at Quayside/Level 1 at Princes Quay

A WANDERING WRITING WORKSHOP WITH SHELLIE HORST

facial hair competition

With none other that Mr Sweeney Todd inviting festival goers to this year's Immortal Ball it would seem remiss not to celebrate the occasion by holding a Facial Hair competition. 

You don't need a Y chromosome to enter the competition, but you do need facial hair, even if you have borrowed it for the occasion. 

The competition will take place in the central area at Quayside/Level 1 at Princes Quay at the conclusion of the Grand Parade.

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